Thursday, May 21, 2009
Churches To Accept Gay Workers In UK
Religious groups in ther UK are to be required to accept gay workers, secretaries and other staff under new anti-discrimination laws.
Church leaders had hoped to be able to push for anti-gay exemptions from the new laws but deputy equalities minister Maria Eagle has said the laws will cover almost all church employees.
Previously, any roles necessary "for the purposes of an organised religion" are exempt for gay protection laws.
But the Equality Bill will define this as applying only to those who lead the liturgy or spend the majority of the time teaching doctrine, such as ministers, bishops and their equivalents.